For spearheading this filibuster reform effort, Jeff Merkley rises into the upper echelon of Oregon senators, along with people like Wayne Morse and Mark Hatfield.
Couple of thoughts about Rand Paul’s marathon filibuster. First, it should go without saying that Rand Paul is not on the side of progressives for any reason. Even on drones and extrajudicial ki
I have a piece up at the Prospect arguing that what Greg Sargent sees a nightmare scenario is in fact a dream scenario if we expand our time horizons a bit. Since the filibuster is a terrible idea in
A bill to repeal the health care law drew the full force of both parties Tuesday as debate on the measure opened in the House, launching a two-year battle over President Barack Obama’s signature dom
This is a really crucial point: Pat Garofalo has more on the policy substance here, noting that about 200,000 jobs could plausibly be lost as a result of the minority’s obstructionism here. And do n
For whatever reason, the filibuster has a romantic appeal to people who should know better, and you often hear from those who dislike the current rules that changing the rules to require “real
At one of my wonkier venues, I have some thoughts about the issues that Matt and Ezra have also discussed recently. There’s no question that the combination of increased partisanship and institu
They understood that the best way to protect minority rights via legislation was to employ a three-step process. Step One: Create a system of legislative rules so inherently dysfunctional that nothing